10 months agoMan Utd U18 coach Ryan: We’ll protect Greenwood from hype

first_imgMan Utd U18 coach Ryan: We’ll protect Greenwood from hypeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United U18 coach Neil Ryan says they’re determined to protect Mason Greenwood from the hype around him.Greenwood, 17, hit a matchwinning hat-trick as United inflicted a first Youth Cup defeat on Chelsea since the 2013 final in an enthralling 4-3 victory at Leigh Sports Village on Monday night.”We’re a good club for making sure to fight all that hype down,” Ryan told the Manchester Evening News. “Because he’s still got a long way to go, let’s get it right.”He’s doing very, very well this year. He was on the bench in the week against Valencia, which was a great experience for him. We’ve got great staff looking after him on and off the pitch and ourselves, as coaching staff, it’s our jobs to make sure we get him to the next level. It’s going to be a challenge for him, but a great challenge.”He’s had a fantastic four or five months so far and we’ve got to keep working with him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month ago​Mignolet reveals Liverpool blocked earlier Club Brugge move

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Mignolet reveals Liverpool blocked earlier Club Brugge moveby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet revealed that his path out of the club was blocked by the club in previous transfer windows.The goalkeeper finally got his wish for a move away from the club this summer.But he was denied that request in the 2018 summer transfer window and the 2019 January transfer window.The Belgium international is now at Club Brugge, and he believes they wanted him previously as well.Mignolet lost his place in the Liverpool starting line up to Loris Karius, then went down the pecking order after the signing of Alisson Becker last summer.He told Het Nieuwsblad – via Sport Witness: “That’s possible [Mboyo’s comments], although Bart Verhaeghe [Brugge president] called me last winter.”It was non-negotiable for Liverpool then.”However, with the return of so many Red Devils [Belgium national team players], I think that was set in motion by Kompany.” last_img read more

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a month agoMan Utd midfielder Angel Gomes expecting physical Rochdale test

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Angel Gomes expecting physical Rochdale testby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Angel Gomes is expecting a physical test against Carabao Cup opponents Rochdale.The United youngster is set to be involved tonight.He told MUTV, “They’re a League One side, a tough team and physical but that’s part of the game anyway. Every team we play against will be physical, that’s a given, so I don’t really take that into consideration.”We’ll try to play our football and attack as much possible, trying to show our strengths.“They’ll come out all guns blazing, I would imagine. It’s a big game for them, they’ve not played against our club for a long time and they have an ex-United player in Oli Rathbone.”I grew up watching him as he was two or three age-groups above me. I know him quite well so hopefully he’ll play and I’ll be able to play against him.“ last_img read more

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Report: Phil Jackson Will Be At Tonight’s Ohio State Game, Presumably To Scout D’Angelo Russell

first_imgThe Lakers logo on the Staples Center jumbotron.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 28: A moment of silence is observed in honor of Philip “Flip” Saunders’ passing before the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center on October 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)Update: Phil Jackson is in the building. In attendance tonight – One of the greatest coaches of all time…alongside Phil Jackson  #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/QfvIDzSYea— OSU BASKETBALL (@OhioStateHoops) February 26, 2015New York Knicks President Phil Jackson is at the Schottenstein Center to watch the Buckeyes and D’Angelo Russell. pic.twitter.com/CnhSXGTvhr— Lantern TV (@LanternTV) February 26, 2015Earlier: The New York Knicks have the worst record (10-46) in the NBA and are one of several franchises in tank mode as they attempt to secure the best possible odds for the 2015 NBA Draft lottery. If the Knicks do end up with the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft, the common opinion is that they will select Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor, but there are other possible candidates. One prospect who might be worthy of the top pick is Ohio State playmaking freshman guard D’Angelo Russell. The 6-foot-5 Russell is having a monster season in Columbus, and Knicks team president Phil Jackson is reportedly going to watch him play tonight against Nebraska. Word from the Schott that some dude named Phil Jackson will be in the house…Gee…wonder who he’s scouting?— Matt McCoy (@MattMcCoyWTVN) February 26, 2015 Jackson has to cover all of his bases. The Knicks need a lot of help, and can’t afford to bungle their lottery selection, no matter where they will pick. Either Russell or Okafor would be a win for a franchise in dire need of them.last_img read more

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Chelsea hopes boosted as Hudson-Odoi cools on Bayern

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi is set to make a decision on his future in the coming days, with Chelsea growing increasingly confident he will commit his future to the Stamford Bridge outfit.With Bayern Munich offering £35 million ($45.3m) to take the teenager to the Allianz Arena and with first-team opportunities hard to come by, Hudson-Odoi had been pushing for a move to the Bundesliga champions.But Goal now understands that after a run of games in the first team in early 2019 and talk of a contract in west London that would be a better illustration of his true value, he is considering remaining with his boyhood club. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Blues are willing to offer Hudson-Odoi a deal worth £70,000-a-week to tempt him to stay in west London despite him only having made 13 senior appearances.Bayern now face a fight themselves to convince a player who, despite not handing in an official transfer request, saw his next move as joining them and following in the footsteps of fellow Under-17 World Cup winner Jadon Sancho in swapping the Premier League for the German top-flight.The Bavarians have even offered the 18-year-old the No.10 shirt that Arjen Robben will vacate at the end of the season, and with Franck Ribery also set to depart Bayern, Hudson-Odoi was promised a prominent role in Niko Kovac’s rebuilding job in Munich.Callum Hudson-Odoi Chelsea 2018-19Ahead of Bayern’s first bid for the wideman in late December he had played just 215 minutes under Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri despite an encouraging pre-season that ended with him being offered a new five-year contract.That lack of game time saw him turn down the offer of committing his future to the club, but since Bayern’s interest he has become more of a regular under Sarri.He has already doubled his game time for the season in the last month, with two league appearances and a start in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Tottenham under his belt.The teenager featured off the bench in Saturday’s win over Newcastle, when the Stamford Bridge faithful greeted him with a rendition of ‘Hudson-Odoi, we want you to stay’.As a player who joined the club at the age of eight, such a show of faith from supporters could yet play a part in him deciding against a departure to the continent and remaining at Chelsea.last_img read more

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Fred & Andreas struggles at Man Utd explained

first_imgKleberson knows all about the difficulties of making a positive impression at Manchester United, and he has been trying to explain the struggles endured by Fred and Andreas Pereira.Back in 2003, after seeing the midfielder become a World Cup winner a year earlier, the Red Devils invested £6.5 million ($8m) in the Brazil international.But Sir Alex Ferguson saw little return on that investment, with Kleberson making just 30 appearances across two seasons at Old Trafford. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Some 15 years on and United were back in the market for South American talent, with Fred acquired from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52.5m ($66m).He joined fellow Brazil star Andreas in Manchester, but the 26-year-old endured a testing debut campaign in England during 2018-19.Pereira, meanwhile, has been handed fresh terms by United but is yet to fully unlock the potential he is believed to possess.Kleberson has told the us-bookies.com of two Samba stars trying to prove their worth: “Last season for Man United, Fred and Andreas Pereira had come in off the back of a good season.“When you have players from different cultures and Brazil, they play more technical, more balls to feet in a fluid Brazilian style.“When the team is not doing well, it’s tough because they may not be suited to the playing style.“When Man United play two players in the middle, it can be difficult to not see much of the ball, and because of that Brazilian style, these players may struggle. “If the team is doing well and other players are improving, this will give Fred and Pereira the encouragement to come out and play more and we see their improvement in England.”Kleberson feels Fred and Andreas need to work on becoming better suited to English football, with obvious areas of their respective games that need to be worked on by United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.He added: “It would be good to see them both get on the ball more and be more creative within a game.“They need to become more athletic, and aggressive and hungry to win the ball back.“Players and fans from South America favour the technical and attacking side of the game a lot more.”Fred made just 13 Premier League starts for United last season, while Andreas was included from the off on only six occasions. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Alves wins 40th trophy

first_imgDani Alves has become the first footballer to win 40 trophies after his Brazil side won the Copa America – the right-back’s second Copa trophy.The 36-year-old, who captained the side, also won the Best Player of the Tournament award in a star-studded field.The Selecao saw off Peru 3-1 in the final at the Maracana on Sunday, to seal their first Copa triumph since 2007. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare They took the lead through Everton after a wonderful cross from Gabriel Jesus.The Manchester City forward scored their second in first-half injury time, restoring the lead after Peru had equalized through a Paolo Guerrero penalty just four minutes earlier.Jesus was sent off in the 71st minute after two yellow cards, but Brazil held on and sealed the game through a Richarlison spot-kick in the final minute.They were inspired throughout the tournament by the ageless Alves, easing the pain of a disappointing home World Cup in 2014.It was Alves’ fourth international trophy, with a pair of Confederations Cups added to his Copa victories.🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆@DaniAlvesD2 is the first player in history to win 40 trophies.#CopaAmerica pic.twitter.com/XJWM3Tuk6E— Coral (@Coral) July 7, 2019He won five trophies with Sevilla before making the move to Barcelona in 2008.It was at the Camp Nou he got his hands on the majority of his trophies, winning an incredible 23 tournaments with the Blaugrana in eight years in Catalonia.He moved from Barca to Juventus in 2016 and scooped up the Italian double in one season in Turin, before switching to Paris Saint-Germain two seasons ago.He collected six trophies in France, including the double in both seasons, and is now a free agent.His former international team-mate Kleberson, who saw out his playing days in the United States, has said he would like to have seen Alves make the move to America, but sees him as a good option for European Champions Liverpool.“I feel maybe he could fit in well at Liverpool,” the former Manchester United man said ahead of Sunday’s final.Alves has also been linked with a dream return to Barcelona, where he won three Champions League titles, after he said he would not return to PSG next season.Wherever he ends up next season, Alves will bring an unprecedented trophy haul with him.last_img read more

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Oklahoma Columnist Says This Is How Sooners Should Handle Next Round Of Realignment

first_imgThe Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 11: The Oklahoma Sooner Schooner carries the American flag on the anniversary of September 11 at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Conference realignment has died down a bit… for now. There will always be hypothetical situations brought up for big schools. Recently, the Pac-12 was a main focus, after a Dennis Dodd CBS Sports piece outlined some of the league’s big issues.The conference that has seemed at the highest risk of being poached, at least over the last few years, has been the Big 12. Much of that speculation centers on Oklahoma. The Sooners are one of college football’s preeminent powers, and could probably fit into any of the other Power Five leagues.A few years back, there were rumors of OU being a candidate to break off and head to the Pac-12. There’s been a ton of speculation about the SEC as well, as you’d expect.However, nothing is imminent, as far as anyone knows. The Big 12 has a grant of rights in place until 2025, so that is probably when another round would happen, as far as teams leaving is concerned.And in seven years, there is no guarantee that leaving the Big 12 would be the right move for the Sooners anyway. For The Oklahoman‘s Barry Tramel, the reason is simple: on the athletic fields, Oklahoma teams are thriving.Earlier today, Tramel argued that Oklahoma should stick around when conference realignment rears its head once again.Football is king, and OU football has made the four-team playoff twice in the last three years, and the transition from Bob Stoops to Lincoln Riley seems to have, if anything, invigorated the Big 12’s flagship program.It’s easy to make the compelling case that OU athletics are in better shape than they’ve ever been, from on-field success to financially to elite coaches on campus to administrative know-how. Heck, the Big 12’s even climbing the food chain. The Pac-12 has replaced the Big 12 as the conference that seems most shaky.Football is doing well, basketball has been in the spotlight more in recent years with stars like Buddy Hield and Trae Young, and the non-revenue sports are all thriving. For his piece, Tramel spoke to school president David Boren, in his last few weeks before retirement,  who echoed similar sentiments.“I hope it’s going to be long-lasting,” OU President David Boren told me this week. “If I had to make an educated guess either way, I would guess it will be … financially we’re doing extremely well. We’re certainly thriving in the Big 12.”Like most things in college athletics, this will ultimately come down to economics. Right now, though, the Big 12 seems in a steadier place than it has in a while, and Oklahoma is largely to thank for that.[The Oklahoman]last_img read more

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Bobby Petrino: “We Will Go Beat” Alabama

first_imgBobby Petrino is introduced as Louisville's next head coach.LOUISVILLE, KY – JANUARY 09: Bobby Petrino talks to the media after being introduced as the head coach of the University of Louisville at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on January 9, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville will open its 2018 campaign with a tall task. The Cardinals, who no longer have Lamar Jackson at quarterback, will be tasked with taking down the reigning national champion in Alabama.Apparently, the team’s head coach has faith that they can get it done. Speaking at the Louisville kick-off luncheon on Friday, Bobby Petrino said the team “will” get it done and beat Alabama.It was a quote that quickly went viral. Jason Anderson of ESPN Louisville was the first to post the quote.Nick Saban & Co. probably didn’t need any motivation heading into the contest. But they now have some, should they want it.Bobby Petrino at UofL Luncheon ending his remarks on the Alabama game:”I believe we’re gonna go beat em. And we will go beat em”— Jason Anderson (@J680Anderson) August 17, 2018Of course, these luncheons are spirited affairs in which coaches often try to amp everyone up with bold, positive statements. But Petrino also had to figure that what he said would get out.The spread for the contest is just under four touchdowns – so it’s fair to say that there aren’t many people who share Petrino’s opinion regarding which team is going to win. To be honest, most eyes will be on Alabama’s quarterback situation.That said, you never know. Louisville knocking off Alabama would probably be the upset of the year – in week one.last_img read more

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Entire Nebraska Staff Visited Two More 4-Star Recruits This Week

first_imgNebraska takes on Colorado.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach Scott Frost of the Nebraska Cornhuskers watches action against the Colorado Buffaloes at Memorial Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Don’t let Nebraska’s record this season fool you, the future is certainly bright for the Cornhuskers. Although the program isn’t bowl eligible this year, the coaching staff is doing an excellent job in the recruiting department.The entire Huskers staff visited four-star defensive end Ty Robinson and four-star safety Noa Pola-Gates. With 22 commits already in its pocket, Nebraska continues to pursue talent for its defense.Robinson is listed as the No. 16 strong-side defensive end and Pola-Gates is considered the No. 18 defensive back in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports. The two blue chip players are both among the top five recruits in Arizona this year.Adding these two recruits would certainly help an already strong recruiting class, which is among the best in the Big Ten.Husker head coach Scott Frost and most of the staff are expected in the Phoenix area today where they will visit a pair of key targets in four-star defensive end Ty Robinson (Higley High) and defensive back Noa Pola-Gates (Williams Field). https://t.co/kgGA2MBeSx— Husker Extra (@huskerextra) December 13, 2018The final six games of the regular season were encouraging for the Cornhuskers, and this latest recruiting update just generates more optimism for the fans in Lincoln.It’ll be interesting to see if Nebraska can land either four-star recruit before the early signing period closes on Dec. 21.Stay tuned.[Lincoln Journal-Star]last_img read more

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President Donald Trump To Meet With FCS Champ North Dakota State

first_imgDonald Trump stands for the national anthem at the CFB Playoff.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: U.S. President Donald Trump on field during the national anthem prior to the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)For the seventh time in eight years the North Dakota State football team took home the Football Championship Subdivision title. The Bison used a dominant performance against Eastern Washington to take home yet another title with a 38-24 win.As all national champions do, the Bison will now have the chance to meet with President Donald Trump. Clemson took a visit to the White House earlier this year after the team’s win over Alabama.Now it’s time for the Bison to make the trip to Washington D.C. North Dakota Senator John Hoeven made the announcement to the team last week after speaking with President Trump.According to the Duluth New Tribune, the team will meet with President Trump in early March.Trump will meet the Bison national championship team March 4 in a ceremony in the Rose Garden. Hoeven said he and Trump agreed to an event for the Bison football team “some time ago,” but held off in announcing it until last week.The Bison are scheduled to charter a plane to the nation’s capitol for a one-day trip – funded with private donations.North Dakota State players, coaches, administrators and those funding the trip will be in attendance at the celebration.[Duluth News Tribune]last_img read more

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Here Is Iowa’s 2019 Preseason Depth Chart

first_img Mekhi Sargent will lead the rushing attack for his junior year after leading the team in yards from scrimmage.Here is the full depth chart:Offense:QB: Nate Stanley, Peyton MansellRB: Mekhi Sargent, Toren YoungFB: Brady Ross, Joe LudwigWR1: Brandon Smith, Calvin LockettWR2: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Tyrone Tracy Jr.WR3: Nico Ragaini, Tyrone Tracy Jr.TE: Nate Wieting, Shaun BeyerLT: Alaric Jackson, Mark KallenbergerLG: Landan Paulsen, Cody InceC: Tyler Linderbaum, Jeff JenkinsRG: Cole Banwart, Levi PaulsenRT: Tristan Wirfs, Jack PlumbDefense:LDE: Chauncey Golston, John WaggonerLDT: Cedrick Lattimore, Daviyon Nixon *or* Austin SchulteRDT: Brady Reiff, Noah Shannon RDE: A.J. Epenesa, Amani JonesOLB/Cash: Barrington Wade *or* D.J. JohnsonMLB: Kristian Welch, Dillon DoyleWLB: Djimon Colbert, Nick NiemannLCB: Michael Ojemudia, Julius BrentsSS: Geno Stone, Devonte YoungFS: Kaevon Merriweather, Jack KoernerRCB: Matt Hankins, Riley MossSpecial Teams:PK: Caleb Shudak or Keith DuncanP: Colten Rastetter *or* Ryan GersondeLS: Jackson Subbert, Nate VejvodaIowa went 8-4 in the regular season, and finished the year with an Outback Bowl win over Mississippi State to finish 9-4. Iowa quarterback Nate Stanley winds up to throw.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 01: Nate Stanley #4 of the Iowa Hawkeyes passes during the 2019 Outback Bowl against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Raymond James Stadium on January 1, 2019 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)There’s just over one month remaining before the start of the 2019 college football season. With plenty of teams deep into preparation, the Iowa Hawkeyes have taken a big step towards getting back onto the field.The team released its 2019 preseason depth chart this week, and it had very few surprises. One of the few things that show up is the limited depth at the tight end position.Iowa tended to utilize two tight ends – Noah Fant and T.J. Hockenson – on most plays last year, but are only listing two on the entire chart this year: Nate Wieting and Shaun Beyer.There’s no change at quarterback with Nate Stanley set to continue running the offense for his senior year.last_img read more

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Texas Players Praising Freshman QB Roschon Johnson For ‘Selfless’ Move To RB Amid Depth Issues

first_imgZach Shackelford and the Texas Longhorns offense in the huddle.AUSTIN, TX – OCTOBER 13: Zach Shackelford #56 of the Texas Longhorns and Elijah Rodriguez #72 huddle before the game against the Baylor Bears at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2018 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Texas football has plenty of talent entering the 2019 season, and a bona fide star quarterback in Sam Ehlinger. The running back position is a major issue due to injuries, though. Things have gotten so dire, that freshman quarterback Roschon Johnson is now playing emergency running back.Earlier in the week, Tom Heman said that the “level of concern is high” with the position. Keaontay Ingram and Jordan Whittington are a talented duo that are ready to go against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but they are the only two scholarship backs healthy.Kirk Johnson is out with a clavicle injury, while Daniel Young has an ankle injury. Neither is on the Week 1 depth chart.Enter Roschon Johnson, a four-star member of Texas’ 2019 class and the No. 6 dual-threat quarterback in the class.It doesn’t sound like there are any plans to make that position change a permanent thing, but right now he is the “break glass in case of emergency” option in the backfield. To his credit, it sounds like he has embraced the situation and is doing whatever he needs to help the team.His teammates certainly appreciate it. From 247Sports:“Pretty much just poured his heart out to us was like, ‘You know what, I’ll play any position,’” (OL Zach) Shackelford said. “Just a ton of respect for Roschon for doing that because it’s not easy to do — coming out of high school playing one position and switching to the other — but he’s going to do great things.”[…]“I think he’s done a tremendous job,” Ehlinger said. “I mean, what a selfless dude. To be moved to the running back position just for emergency cases and his work ethic hasn’t dropped at all. Obviously, he’s a freak athlete, he knows the offense really well and he always has a positive attitude about it. So I’ve been very proud of him.”Texas certainly hopes that Johnson can stay on the sideline over the next few weeks, but he deserves a ton of credit for stepping up and making himself available at a completely different position if necessary.[247Sports]last_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh harbours hopes of playing 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 6, 2019UPDATED: January 6, 2019 19:38 IST Yuvraj Singh was the player of the tournament in the 2011 ICC World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh said he would give his “best shot” to get into the reckoning for the ICC World Cup”Cricket has given me everything. When I leave the game, I want to be at my best,” Yuvraj saidYuvraj Singh last played an ODI in June 2017 against West IndiesYuvraj Singh said he would give his “best shot” to get into the reckoning for the upcoming 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Yuvraj Singh has faced quite a few ups and downs in his career but his ability to step up in major tournaments set him apart. The elegant left-hander starred in India’s two biggest victories — the inaugural World T20 in 2007 and the World Cup in 2011.”Cricket has given me everything. When I leave the game, I want to be at my best. I do not want to go with any regret,” the 2011 World Cup winning hero, who is here for Punjab’s Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Bengal, said.The 37-year-old, who was picked by Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore at the IPL 2019 Auction, has set his sights on the cash-rich T20 extravaganza to make a bid for a comeback.”I’m trying my best. This is our final league Ranji Trophy match and let’s see if we can qualify. After this, we have the national T20 tournament and then we have the IPL. I will give my best shot and hope for the best,” Yuvraj said at the Jadavpur University Salt Lake Campus ground.Yuvraj also hailed the Virat Kohli-led India’s fine show in the Test series in Australia.”Obviously their experience in batting is not that much what it used to be. But it’s fantastic effort from the guys. Especially, (Cheteshwar) Pujara, (Virat) Kohli, (Jasprit) Bumrah. It’s great to see Rishab (Pant) going down the order and scoring big runs. It’s great sign for Indian cricket for the future.advertisement”Every time we toured Australia, it’s been a very tough tour. We had the opportunity to win the series, it was a draw. Then next time Australia won 2-1,” he said, recalling the 2003-04 and 2007-08 tours.YUVRAJ PRAISES PANT AND GILLYuvraj lavished praise on Pant who scored a Test hundred each in England and Australia within months from his debut.”He came last year, he got picked for India. Everybody said he plays too many shots, he’s rash, he doesn’t have the mind. But after one year of being in and out, having a good IPL, the guy scored two hundreds overseas,” Yuvraj said.In the same vein, Yuvraj reckoned that his 19-year-old state teammate, Shubman Gill, is an exciting prospect and should play for India post the 2019 World Cup.”Definitely he’s someone who can represent India for a long time. He’s a very special talent. After a long time I have seen a young guy whose batting I would like to watch. After 2019 World Cup, he should make it to the side.”Shubman’s performance has been top notch this season, amassing 629 runs in just seven innings at an average of 125.80.Stressing on the need to look after the youngsters, Yuvraj said: “It all depends how well we look after our youngsters. You have to give them the confidence to excel. The prime example is Rishabh Pant.”Yuvraj said he is sharing his experience with the team as much as he can.”I really enjoy playing with Punjab team. Especially last three-four seasons, I’ve played a lot of domestic cricket. Whatever I’ve gained through, I try and give it to the younger guys.”We have a very talented side. But I feel there is a lack of exposure in terms of playing outside. The more cricket you play outside in terms of playing in Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi Hyderabad, your cricket will get better,” Yuvraj concluded.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPTI Tags :Follow Yuvraj Singh Yuvraj Singh harbours hopes of playing 2019 ICC World Cup in England and WalesYuvraj Singh is targetting the Indian Premier League in a bid make a comeback into the ODI side.advertisementlast_img read more

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Reilly Opelka blasts 43 aces in New York Open final to win maiden ATP title

first_imgReilly Opelka blasts 43 aces in New York Open final to win maiden ATP titleReilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open.advertisement Reuters New YorkFebruary 18, 2019UPDATED: February 18, 2019 09:28 IST Reilly Opelka won his maiden ATP title (Photo tweeted by @ATP_Tour)HIGHLIGHTSReilly Opelka defeated Brayden Schnur 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) in the New York Open finalOpelka blasted 156 aces throughout the tournament”This is definitely what I’m most proud of,” Opelka saidReilly Opelka blasted 43 aces on the way to winning his first ATP Tour title with a 6-1 6-7(7) 7-6(7) victory over Canadian Brayden Schnur at the New York Open on Sunday.The 21-year-old American paved the way for the victory by successfully challenging what Schnur thought was an ace at 7-7 in the final tiebreak.Schnur’s shot was shown to be just out, so instead of having championship point the Canadian had a second serve, which he netted.Opelka then slammed in his 43rd ace of the match for the victory. He had the same number of aces in beating top seed John Isner in their semi-final on Saturday.”This is definitely what I’m most proud of,” Opelka told reporters. “I was tough mentally, especially losing a lot of first sets this week, and my first serve really helped me out. I was able to play clutch in those big moments.”43 aces later, Reilly Opelka defeats Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-7(7), 7-6(7) for his first ATP Tour title!: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/nyXOCgNWanATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) February 17, 2019Opelka easily won the opening set against Schnur but the Canadian rebounded in the second by saving two championship points in a tiebreak and claiming the set when Opelka double faulted.Schnur had never won an ATP Tour main draw match before this week, and won two qualifying matches just to get into the tournament.”It’s a dream come true for me. This week showed that I belong in these big tournaments and playing against the top guys,” Schnur said.advertisement”It’s unfortunate the way it ended because I left it all out there and did everything I could, but that’s how sports go sometimes.”Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Reilly OpelkaFollow Brayden SchnurFollow ATP tourFollow New York Open Nextlast_img read more

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AFI looks down upon Tejaswin Shankar

first_imgAFI looks down upon Tejaswin ShankarThe 20-year-old high jumper not considered for Asian Championships despite breaching qualifying markadvertisement Aditya K Halder New DelhiMarch 21, 2019UPDATED: March 21, 2019 08:49 IST Tejaswin Shankar was not considered for selection in the Asian Championship despite holding the national record (Reuters Photo)The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) came down harshly on high jumper Tejaswin Shankar for skipping the Federation Cup and four Indian Grand Prix as the national record holder was not considered for selection in the Asian Championship contingent next month. It will be held in Doha from April 20.The 20-year-old athlete, who is currently studying on a full scholarship at the Kansas University, US, reasoned with the AFI before the Federation Cup at the beginning of the month that he would have to give the event a skip because of his university exams.The appeal fell deaf on the federation, who responded by saying he must participate in any of the GP or Federation Cup and qualify for the Asian event.As far as his qualification is concerned for the Asian event, Tejaswin made his intent clear to be a medal prospect when he made a jump of national-record equalling leap of 2.28m ( well above the qualifying mark of 2.25m for the Doha event) at the prestigious Big 12 collegiate athletic meet in Texas, a tournament which is under NCWA and did a dope test of all athletes. To make his case stronger, his performance was also captured on the camera.An unconvinced AFI, probably in the dark despite his recent surge, however, discredited him as a non-consistent performer who is not cut out for a medal.”We are ready to miss on a medal prospect because we know he won’t win any medal. His performance on a graph has been up and down,” said AFI president Adille Sumariwalla. “Being national champion doesn’t mean anything, he will have to be a medal contender. If he is part of the TOPS list, we would have thought about it but he is not.”advertisementWhat comes as stark is how the AFI has exempted Neeraj Chopra from competing in events in India. Like Tejaswin, Neeraj trains abroad, in Potchefstroom, South Africa.And when one looks at other athletes who made the team, Javelin thrower Annu Rani, who is often blamed for inconsistency and even failed to make the cut for the Asian Games last year after a confirmatory trial, was given a ticket after she improved her national record with a one-off 62.34m throw.Meanwhile, Tejashwin later reacted on social media after learning AFI’s point of view on him.”I understand that I couldn’t take part in the fed cup and if that’s why I wasn’t considered for selection then I respect that decision. But if this is what (AFI’s) president believes then I’m sorry to say but he has no right to judge if I am good enough or not,” the athlete said on Twitter.Also Read | IPL is fine but let’s not forget India’s 233-medal haul at Special OlympicsAlso Read | Amit Panghal, Shiva Thapa in Indian men’s boxing team for Asian ChampionshipsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Tejaswin ShankarFollow AFIFollow High JumpFollow Asian championshipsFollow Athletics Federation of Indialast_img read more

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Fighter Prithvi will come out of doping setback stronger: Childhood coach

first_imgFighter Prithvi will come out of doping setback stronger: Childhood coachPrithvi Shaw said that he accepted the punishment and hoped this example would deter other athletes from neglecting protocol when it came to taking medicinesadvertisement Press Trust of India MumbaiJuly 31, 2019UPDATED: July 31, 2019 13:10 IST Prithvi Shaw last played for India in a Test match against West Indies in October last year. (@BCCI Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBCCI banned Prithvi Shaw from all forms of cricket for failing a dope test.Prithvi’s childhood coach Pingutkar called the ban a setbackShaw had also accepted his fate and said the news about his suspension had shaken himPrithvi Shaw is a “fighter” and will come out of his eight-month doping suspension stronger, says Santosh Pingutkar, who taught him the ABC of cricket long before he became his most famous ward.The BCCI on Tuesday banned the talented 19-year-old opener from all forms of cricket for failing a dope test.A release from the Board said Shaw had “inadvertently ingested a prohibited substance, which can be commonly found in cough syrups”.He childhood coach Pingutkar called it a setback.”He (Prithvi) is a fighter and will definitely come out of it. He has worked hard (to reach the top),” said Pingutkar, who first imparted lessons to a young Shaw at Virar, a suburb around 60 kilometers from Mumbai.It was under Pingutkar that Shaw, who had led India to U-19 World Cup victory in New Zealand and also made a hundred on Test debut against West Indies, learned the basics of the game.Shaw’s father Pankaj had taken him to the coach, who runs an academy.”Definitely the setback is huge, but I have the confidence that he (Shaw) will come out of it,” added Pingutkar.Shaw’s suspension is retrospective in nature, starting from March 16 and ending on November 15, which rules him out for India’s home series against South Africa and Bangladesh.Senior columnist Makranad Waingankar, who has played a formidable role in shaping Prithvi’s career, said that there was nothing to worry and everyone makes mistakes in life.”Cough syrups are dangerous. Prithvi Shaw should have known it because all players are given the list of Do’s & Don’ts by BCCI’s anti-doping committee. He will come out of it. Everyone makes a mistake. Nothing to worry,” tweeted Waingankar, who was also a cricket administrator.advertisementMeanwhile, sources in the know said that Shaw, while he was with the Mumbai team, had not informed anyone about the medicine that he took to cure cough.Shaw had also accepted his fate and said the news about his suspension had shaken him.”I accept my fate with all sincerity. While I am still nursing an injury which I suffered during my last tournament, this news has really shaken me,” Shaw had said in a statement.”Cricket is my life and there is no bigger pride for me than playing for India and Mumbai and I will come out of this faster and stronger,” he stated.Also Read | I accept my fate with all sincerity: Prithvi Shaw responds to BCCI doping suspensionAlso Read | Suspended for doping, Prithvi Shaw gets support from Manoj TiwaryAlso Read | Unlucky Shaw: Jofra Archer’s freakish tweet surfaces after India cricketer’s doping banAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow BCCIFollow Prithvi ShawFollow Dopinglast_img read more

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Ashes 2019: Australia PM blasts English fans for booing injured Steve Smith

first_imgAshes 2019: Australia PM blasts English fans for booing injured Steve SmithSteve Smith returned to the crease 40 minutes later, before being dismissed for 92. While many fans offered him a standing ovation, an audible contingent booed at and jeered Smith both times, when he was withdrawn and when he returned.advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service LondonAugust 19, 2019UPDATED: August 19, 2019 12:37 IST Steve Smith was booed at when he returned to bat after retiring hurt in Ashes Test, (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison condemned the harsh treatment meted out to batsman Steve SmithAn audible contingent booed at and jeered Smith both times, when he was withdrawn and when he returnedSmith had to leave the field on Saturday after he was struck on the neck by a 92.4 mph Jofra Archer deliveryAustralian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday condemned the harsh treatment meted out to batsman Steve Smith, who was subjected to booing by the Lord’s crowd during the second Ashes Test which ended in a tense draw.Smith had to leave the field on Saturday after he was struck on the neck by a 92.4 mph delivery from England pacer Jofra Archer, which knocked him to the ground.Smith returned to the crease 40 minutes later, before being dismissed for 92. While many fans offered him a standing ovation, an audible contingent booed at and jeered Smith both times, when he was withdrawn and when he returned.”A draw for the second Test but it was a total Ashes foul for the crowd at Lords to boo Steve Smith,” Morrison posted on Facebook.”His performance on the pitch during his return to Test Match cricket in the UK demands nothing other than respect,” he added.The Australian PM further termed Smith “a champion” and said he is expecting the 30-year-old to answer his “hecklers” with bat and ball in hand to bring home the Ashes.”He’s a champion and has handled the events of the past year with a real humility. I’m extremely proud of Steve Smith, and it’s not just because he comes from the Shire.”The crowd could learn a thing or two from Steve Smith and I look forward to him answering his hecklers with bat and ball in hand to bring home the Ashes,” said Morrison.Earlier, former Australian cricketers also condemned the behaviour of the Lord’s crowd.advertisementThe Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), in a one of its kind penalty, also ejected one of its members after he sledged Smith in the famed Long Room of the pavilion while he was walking off the field after he got out scoring 92 in the first innings. According to a report in news.com.au, the unidentified member called the former Australian skipper a “cheat and a disgrace” as he made his way back to the dressing room.Barmy Army, England’s supporting group, however, issued a statement saying they were not involved in the booing at Lord’s.”We are not at Lord’s and we are not booing Steve Smith. He took a horrible blow to the head, and we wish him the best in his recovery,” they tweeted.Also Read | I want to be 100 percent fit: Steve Smith on availability for 3rd Ashes TestAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Scott MorrisonFollow Australia Prime Ministerlast_img read more

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Was cooked mentally and physically: Steve Smith looking forward to downtime after Ashes heroics

first_img Next Was cooked mentally and physically: Steve Smith looking forward to downtime after Ashes heroicsSteve Smith top-scored in the 5-match series, amassing 774 runs at a staggering average of 110. Smith played 4 Tests and missed the Leeds encounter with a delayed concussion after blow to neck in the 2nd Test at Lord’s.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service LondonSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 16:50 IST Steve Smith top-scored with 774 runs in Ashes 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith said he is looking forward to a couple of weeks offSmith said he was mentally and physically cooked after the Ashes seriesSmith scored 774 runs at a staggering average of 110Steve Smith single-handedly carried Australia’s run-scoring burden on his shoulders and helped his side retain the coveted urn after the Ashes ended in a 2-2 draw. Smith, who amassed 774 runs from seven innings with an impressive average of over 110 in a bowler-dominated series, has described himself as being ‘pretty cooked’ after the series concluded at the Oval on Sunday.Speaking to reporters after the fifth and last Test which England won by 135 runs, Smith said: “I have given it my all while I have been here for the last four-and-a-half months, but I didn’t have much more to give today.””I was pretty cooked mentally and physically and I am looking forward to a couple of weeks off and heading back for the Australian summer,” he added.Smith’s fantastic form in England also restored his place at the top of the ICC test batting rankings. “It was a nice reception when I walked off, would have been nice to have a few more runs under my belt,” Smith said after he could only manage 23 runs in the second innings in the last Test.Many people expected the 30-year-old to find it difficult to rediscover his form after he was making a comeback in the side following the 12-month ban for his role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.However, Smith silenced his critics in the first Test itself after smashing a magnificent 144 on the opening day of the first Test at Edgbaston. He said the century in the first Test boosted his confidence.advertisement”First Test is always important in an Ashes series and to pull the team out of trouble gave me the confidence to know I could slot straight back in and perform,” Smith concluded.Also Read | Jofra Archer thought he could rip my head off: Matthew Wade on facing the fired-up England pacerAlso Read | Ashes: Steve Smith equals Sunil Gavaskar’s tally of 774 runs in 4 Tests of a seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Ashes 2019last_img read more

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VersaCourt: The Most Versatile Surface Around

first_img Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The backyard basketball court has long been the domain of hot and cracking concrete; however, VersaCourt is looking to change that fact completely.The company, based out of Missouri, uses the most advanced engineering technology available on the market today in order to create their modular playing surface tiles that can be easily locked together to create a backyard basketball or tennis court. The tiles retain about half as much heat as standard asphalt and are better at absorbing shock than a typical concrete court, thus reducing the amount of impact being placed upon your back and joints during the average game of basketball or tennis. That fact is important because—according to the company’s president and CEO, Danny Little—VersaCourt’s goal is to provide “a surface that combines incredible performance with comfort and safety.”Perhaps VersaCourt’s most clever innovation is the court designer featured on their website. Anybody can customize their own playing surface to fit his or her spatial needs. Also, VersaCourt isn’t only tailored for the residential market—their tile technology can easily be used at any public space, hotel or resort. So, for those of you in the urban planning, hotel management, or public works fields, the VersaCourt online interactive designer is certainly something you should consider playing around with.However, VersaCourt isn’t simply for playing surfaces. If you are living with more of a budget, it can just as easily be used to line the floor of a garage or basement. The vertical give in VersaCourt’s tiles aids in decreasing the strain on your back and knees after long periods spent standing upright on concrete. This makes life easier for those of us who spend a good deal of our time in our workshops—whether in the city or the suburbs.VersaCourt’s court and surface designer is free to use, so give it a shot today. You may find that a change of surface is in your future.Image courtesy of VersaCourt. Call VersaCourt at 1-800-875-2335 for quotes on all court and surface designs. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App 12 Classic Sci-Fi Novels Everyone Who Likes Reading Should Read Editors’ Recommendations How Fast Does Facial Hair Grow? Tips for Growing a Beard Fasterlast_img read more

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